You’re So Vain

You’re So Vain

Carly Simon

“You’re So Vain” is an infamously mysterious song about someone’s arrogance. It was inspired by several subjects — Simon told People in November 2015 that the second verse is about American actor and director Warren Beatty, who she dated in the 1970s.

Each verse is directed at a unique subject, but the remaining two muses are unknown. Some unsuccessful guesses have included Mick Jagger, who sings backup vocals on the song, and James Taylor, who Simon was married to for eleven years.